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Charles H Chapman, my grandfather,  was a pupil at Kendrick Boy's School in Reading, and trained first as an architectural draughtsman.  He was a student at Reading College of Art.


He began sending his cartoons to London editors, and celebrated his 21st birthday by having a drawing accepted by a boys' magazine, 'the Captain'.


He developed a career as an illustrator of boy's magazines such as Magnet, Boy's Friend and Puck.


In 1911 he joined the staff of 'the Magnet' and formed a  close relationship with the author of the Billy Bunter stories, Frank Richards, and illustrated many of his books until they ended in 1965.

C H Chapman 1879 - 1972,   artist and illustrator

Our Wedding Dec 1965

"Our Wedding"       C H Chapman, 1965

C H Chapman in punt